The age of the interactive web


In the beginning, the web only went one way. Someone behind the server “got the content ready,” and it appeared to the user as a sculpted, readonly display. Then came HTML forms and CGI scripting, tools that brought the client into the game, but the opportunities for input were carefully orchestrated through the labor-intensive efforts of high-priced web developers. Users wanted more, and over the next round of Internet re-invention, a new web emerged. With this month’s cover story, we invite you to the world of the Wiki and Blog. The tools featured in this issue bring a new level of cooperation and collaboration to the web. And best of all, you don’t need a PhD to implement these powerful tools. We’ll show you how an everyday Linux user can set up and manage a collaborative website using the applications the experts are using. You’ll learn about: